PSA Test—Yes or No? More Fodder for That Roiling Debate (Los Angeles Times)


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Using a system of numbers to reflect “quality of life,” the new study determined that testing has benefits, but found that the overall benefits are decreased when the “quality of life” factor—men’s feelings about the test’s outcomes—is taken into account, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Sox writes in his commentary that taking into account how men feel about outcomes is important when weighing a recommendation for or against the screening.

Read the full story, published 8/16/12 in the Los Angeles Times. Sox is also quoted in stories that ran in Reuters, WebMD, and MedPage Today.

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